Pristina, 7 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
“Corruption has a gender and that is the male gender”, was the answer given today by the head of the Kosovo Agency Against Corruption, Hasan Preteni.
Preteni justified this with the conviction cases for women and men. According to Petreni, so far, only two women have been convicted on charges of corruption, mentioning the case with the tender for passports at the Ministry of Interior, where Natalie Veliaj was convicted.
Petrini made these declarations in the debate organized by UNDP dubbed “Does corruption have a gender: Prevention and fight of corruption from a woman’s perspective”.
The head of the Committee for Human Rights, Gender Equality, Missing Persons and Petitions, Lirie Kajtazi, also said that women are less corrupted.
“Women are less corrupted because they have less access in decision making and more sensitive and sincere in the work that they do”, she declared.
According to Kajtazi, even debates in parliament, which relate to corruption, have been started by women MPs.
Deputy chair of UNDP in Kosovo, Alexandra Roccasalro declared in front of participants that one of the reasons why women are less corrupted than men relates to the fact that they are more aware about this phenomenon than men.
The resident director of National Democratic Institute, Alexander Chavaria said that being political excluded and discriminated, women are also excluded from corruption.
The debate stresses out that more must be done to empower women and the role that they must play in the fight against corruption. /ibna/